Amazon’s Thursday Night Soccer deal will begin early

Amazon made historical past as the primary all-digital streamer to amass unique rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night time Soccer, and now the NFL has introduced that Amazon might be streaming video games prior to anticipated — beginning with the 2022 season.

The NFL’s earlier announcement set the beginning of Amazon’s exclusivity in 2023. Now Amazon will get its unique rights even sooner and for even longer due to a brand new 11-year contract matching the NFL’s different companions, together with CBS, NBC (and Peacock), and Fox. Meaning 2021 will mark the ultimate season with Fox broadcasting Thursday Night time Soccer.

One essential observe: Amazon’s exclusivity doesn’t prolong to native markets. It’s best to nonetheless be capable of watch Thursday Night time Soccer on an over-the-air broаdcаst in case your teаm is plаying, аccording to CNBC.

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